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Torre de Belém


Belém (the Portuguese pronunciation sounds almost like Billiam) is now a Lisbon suburb, but started out as a port near the mouth of the Tagus river. The Mosteiro is a few kilometers away, still in Belém.


Dom Manuel I of Manueline architecture fame, also commisioned this fortification that was built in the middle of the river around 1520. The canons covered the river from a stable platform, compared to a ship. As you can see, the Tower is not in the middle of the river anymore.



comments (13)

Funny how the landscape changes! Very nice image, Louis!
Louis: The changes are interesting. Part nature and a little land reclaiming. Thank you Elizabeth.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 18 Oct 2017, 04:50
Jolie tour, il y a beaucoup de monde pour la visiter.
Louis: La tour est un site touristique majeur dans la région de Lisbonne.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 18 Oct 2017, 06:23
Indeed everything has moved Louis but the tower has a real sense of historical presence
Louis: Fortunately the builders found a solid foundation for the tower. Thus, the presence will remain.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 18 Oct 2017, 06:26
Oh, this is a must see of Lisbon!
Louis: I agree with you, Philine.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere is deep space
  • 18 Oct 2017, 06:29
This looks terrific Louis and I like the line of colourful tourists making their way in.
Louis: Since I bought a valid ticket at the monastery, I was allowed to skip the line of people waiting to buy their tickets. They also limit the number of people in that line, according to those exiting. If you ever go to Portugal, remember that all these places are closed on Mondays, resulting in long queues on Tuesday.
Clearly this fine structure is a big tourist attraction Louis
Louis: Oh yes, it is, Bill. And it was not even peak season.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 18 Oct 2017, 08:38
Amazing building. Your Portuguese pictures are a real eye-opener for me, Louis
Louis: Thank you Lisl. Maybe Portugal was an eye opener to me, as well.
A nice little castle, isn't it? smile
Louis: It is one of those places that drives home, how rich Portugal must have been in those days. It must also have been quite an engineering feat to build the fort in the middle of the strong flowing Tagus river.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 19 Oct 2017, 10:48
It is a wonderful structure, even if it is moving!
Louis: A real mover and shaker, sturdily built for the purpose.
Rather a fascinating building.
Louis: It definitely is, Brian.
it looks like the tower or a fort overlooking the ocean Louis... there is a long queue of people waiting to catch some photos inside....petersmile
Louis: Well, it is a fort against possible invaders, peter. Long queues.
a fine structure...
Louis: So it is and an engineering feat to build the fort in the middle of the strong flowing Tagus river, back then.
I like this view very much.
Louis: Much to be liked, yes. Thank you.

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